This picture is actually Vintage Level 900. I’m just visiting my dad back in east Germany. I have borrowed his 50mm lens, and it’s not just a regular lens. It’s an original Carl Zeiss Jena made in GDR, the country I was born in but which basically doesn’t exist anymore!! It fits on my brand new M42 mount to Canon adapter I bought for my 24mm lens. The quality of these old guys is just stunning, if you are lucky you can get one of them on ebay for nearly no money. This lens is like 40 years old and it is still in perfect condition!
Just recently watched my friend Tiny setting up her beautiful old vintage camera. BTW she’s a great photographer, check out her stuff at http://christinwittan.blogspot.co.uk/
I recently bought a HOLGA lens for my canon camera. Not sure yet if I like it. These are some samples that came out during the first try. I’m not a great fan of photoshop so this is more or less the original. I kind of like that little black frame and the sort of vintage style but on the other side I think it is quite difficult to shoot with this lens. Most of the time pictures come out either too dark, too bright or really shaky. The camera doesn’t recognize the lens, you cant focus through the view finder and there is no aperture setting. The only thing you can adjust is shutter speed and iso. So it really depends on the environment and the light. The contrast is not very strong and most of the “good” images come out really soft. I think this lens is great for vintage style stills like anything that is not moving and that is surrounded by a lot of light. At least it is a little challenge for a change but when it comes down to proper shootings i definitely prefer my expensive pro-lens.
A few images from this years x-mas Barboot in Crouch End! As usual nice vintage and hand made stuff, nice people, drinks and live music. Had a great time again!
After a long summer break Barboot finally came back to Crouch End on Frieday, 6th September 2013. I was looking forward all week and I didn’t get disappointed. As I arrived in this light and warm summer night I found the Haberdashery again full of lovely stalls, people, barman Alberto serving drinks and entertaining friends and a young band playing strings and drums. While walking around in Crouch End I would find more shops with their doors open til late, offering wine, a little chat here and there, more live music and of course anything from hand-made to second hand. I tried to catch the warm and friendly atmosphere in some images although I guess this will never reflect what a fantastic time I had again. A huge Thank You to the organizers and all participating sellers and shops!
Had to give that a little post! Went to wonderful Crouch End Vintage Market “BARBOOT” last Frieday and found this stall of Annie Sparkles’ handmade gadget covers for iPhone, iPad, Kindle and even some nice once for hot-water bottles. The fabrics she uses are really nice and unique. Sure all of of these would make a good present! Have a look and get one at http://folksy.com/shops/anniesparkles
BTW Barboot vintage market in Crouch End is definitely worth a walk around! A good amount of Crouch End shops open til late, drinks, bands, stalls and people selling all sorts of bids and bobs in front of the Haberdashery. Love this place to meet friends and buy little things for sewing, decoration or presents. usually happens first Friday of the month more or less frequently. check out for next dates on Twitter @BarbootN8